Don’t let the “elephant in the room” be that you notoriously give crappy Secret Santa gifts to co-workers! Yes, these presents can be tricky. The combination of the $25-ish spending cap and the anonymity aspect make for shaky ground for even the savviest of shoppers. But the 12 presents below are practical and fun, so I promise they will combat any disappointment you or your officemates might encounter.
Suck UK House Shaped Key Holder ($14.58) at Amazon
I love Suck UK for its tongue-in-cheek products. This key holder is a prime example. Larry from the cubicle across the way can mount it to a wall near his front or back door, and put his keys in it every time he arrives home. Result: No more frantic morning searches for keys!
Travelrest Memory Foam Neck Pillow ($16.95) at Travelrest
Sleeping on the plane shouldn’t be a pain. This fabulous memory foam pillow is super comfy and has drawstrings, so the user can customize the fit and tie the pillow to a suitcase.
Acrylic Purple Edge Revolving Desk Organizer ($14.99) at Staples
For the messy co-worker, this sleek and well-designed organizer has a spot for all the random bits, such as scissors, tape, pens and paper clips.
Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker ($18.99) at Amazon
Don’t let this pint-size speaker fool you. Unscrew the top to experience up to six hours of bigsound! The cord, which can be used in any standard headphone jack, nestles conveniently under the body of the speaker.
Satechi SX5 Aluminum Portable Energy Station ($19.99) at Amazon
This tiny charger barely takes up any space in a backpack or briefcase, but it can charge a smartphone a few times over. It also has a handy flashlight, perfect for lighting the way if someone stays too late at work.
Cold Brew Coffee Infusion Bottle ($19.99) at ThinkGeek
Joe enthusiasts around the country love cold brew coffee, but they’re also paying several bucks for it at the local barista. The Cold Brew Coffee Infusion Bottle makes coffee overnight in the fridge for pennies, and the result is a caffeine-packed, low-acid bottle of portable goodness.
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Sosu Variety Pack ($23) at Sosu Sauces
Sriracha is still the flavor du jour, and these California-made condiments are dee-lish. The pack comes with three tasty sauces: Barrel-Aged Sriracha, Srirachup (the company’s proprietary blend of house-made ketchup) and Sriracha Barrel-Aged Hot Sauce.
Tile ($25) at Tile
For the forgetful (that’s all of us, isn’t it?), this tiny gadget will be a lifesaver. It can be attached to whatever item is misplaced the most, from keys to wallets. Once the item is misplaced, the free Tile app uses the Bluetooth and GPS on smart devices to locate the item and display the location on a map. Tile is also social; other Tile users can anonymously help each other locate items in 214 countries!
Number 4 Essentials Jet Set ($25, available soon)
They shouldn’t have to settle for mysterious private-label products when they travel! This set of luxurious unisex hair products contains all the essentials for hair grooming on the go: shampoo, hair mask, leave-in conditioner and brush, all packaged in a cool striped paper pouch.
If I Do Say So Myself Notebook ($22) at Kate Spade
This unisex notebook has more than 150 pages for their thoughts, and the black leatherette finish, gold foil accents and ribbon bookmark will look great on a desk!